The Minnesota Wild has met the Chicago Blackhawks three years in a row in the post-season, getting eliminated in each of the previous two occasions.
With Devan Dubnyk enjoying a resurgence in his career since getting traded to Minnesota out of Arizona and a deep lineup that has gained valuable experience in playoff hardship, the Wild has been a force since turning its season around in mid-January, and this team’s chance of finally getting past the Blackhawks in the playoffs has never been this good.
Still, Minnesota trails this second-round series 1-0 after a loss on Friday.
But the Wild’s valiant comeback attempt, which fell just short despite roaring back from a three-goal deficit in the second period, has the Blackhawks on notice.
“They won the game, but they’re probably not feeling too well about the pushback we had. We came here to get one and hopefully we get one,” said Chris Stewart, as per The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The Wild and Blackhawks meet in Game 2 on Sunday in Chicago.
“We’re looking at a team that’s played as well as anyone over the last 50 games,” Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told USA Today.
“That’s our challenge. They’re dangerous, they’re fast. They’re quick. They have a lot of weaponry in their attack. They have a mobile defense. We have a dangerous team on the other side and they’re going to get their turns. Every game is going to be on the line.”